KFNA Board Meeting Minutes 6/11/08

Board members attending: Jobylynn Sassily,Tom Parrent,Jeff Shaw,Chris Sur,Chris DeParde,Karen Pieper,David Buchanan, David Saddoris, Marie Wolf

Elizabeth Glidden

Discuss urban partnership:

Topic was congestion relief for 35W

MNDOT will be beefing up shoulders, installing HOV lanes, bus lanes, re-striping from 42nd St to Lake St.

New info: Sound walls will be installed from 32nd St to 42nd St. This is a major issue for residences close to the project and noise complaints may be received.

The time frame for these projects has been compressed and they are projected to be complete by 9/09. This has become a fast moving project.

Neighbors may be given opportunity in choosing type of sound walls installed

Does the KFNA board have any thoughts on these projects?

The door is open to hear KFNA concerns.

NRP Update:

Elizabeth has a lot of questions

TIF districts may be re-starting going forward for 10 years.

City of Minneapolis is only participant. School districts, Parks, and Hennepin Co. will not participate.

Elizabeth’s question is the amount of money that will be generated by the city portion. This amount will be known by June or July this year. The City of Minneapolis has to O.K. spending and has to be given local consent.

Frame Work for the Future-Life After NRP – Present plan is for more comment and purpose definition. Citizens need to vote on different components. Chris Sur commented that we need to re-craft frame work. Tom Parrent will look for updates.
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June 27, 2008

1) Kids Fundamental Soccer at MLK Park Starts next week! July 1, meets Tuesdays and Saturdays.
2) Kingfield Second Sundae Sunday—Coffee-Honey ice cream by Ikawa at the Market, July 13, 9 AM-1:30 PM!
3) Got Questions Regarding the Crosstown Reconstruction? Crosstown Staff will be at the Kingfield Market July 13!
4) Kingfield Farmers’ Market Feasibility Study—Volunteers Needed Multiple Dates!
5) KFNA Office closed for the 4th of July Holiday Starting Today—E-Mail (kfna@email.com ) or call us (612.823.5980) and we’ll get back to you on July 7th! Also check out the new Kingfield website/blog at www.kingfield.org !

1) 2008 Summer Fundamental Soccer

MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S. 55409
What: Fundamental Soccer Program

Who: Boys and Girls ages 4-8+
When: Twice a week July 1st – August 9th
Tuesday evenings 6-7:15
Saturday mornings 10-11:15am
Where: MLK Park – Diamond #1 (42nd Street)

$15 ( include t-shirt)
$22.50 (non-Mpls-residents)

Register online at www.minneapolisparks.org or come to the field the first day and register in person! If you are registering online–go to MLK Park. Click on “current activities and go to ‘Youth Sports’ and it is the final listing. The summer soccer program is listed as “Fundamental Soccer Camp”

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Did you know that Metro Transit is proposing a 25-cent fare increase for riders in 2008? And up to another 50 cents in 2009?

With gas prices reaching $4/gallon, a slowing economy, and increased ridership, we believe the Metropolitan Council needs to hear from riders around the region about the real transportation needs of our communities. Please join Transit for Livable Communities and our Transit Partners coalition in responding to the proposal with a clear message:We need a bigger system, not bigger fares!


With a shortfall of $15 million this year, it’s understandable that the Metropolitan Council (the agency overseeing Metro Transit) is looking to fill the gap. The primary funding source for our bus system is the sales tax on cars, and since car sales are down, funding for buses is also going down. But scraping together funding for a bus system just when people are looking for more transit choices is absurd! The bottom line is, Minnesota needs to invest in affordable, convenient transit. Period. And that’s what we need to tell the Met Council at the public hearings on July 7-15.

We have alternatives to raising fares
There’s no question that building a better system will require additional resources. But there are choices beyond raising fares for riders:

1. The Metropolitan Council can use half of its reserve fund to hold off a fare increase. This would buy time for the 2009 legislature to decide whether fare increases or service cuts are appropriate or needed.
2. Options available to the state legislature include: shifting more revenues from the motor vehicle sales tax to transit; increasing the regional sales tax to cover the gap; instituting new fees for off-street parking; returning to the property tax to fund transit operations.

What you can do:

1. Attend a public hearing! Hearings will be held around the metro area July 7th-15th in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Burnsville, Eden Prairie, Maplewood, Blaine, and Hopkins. Dates and times are listed below; go to TLC’s website for more information.
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Okay, I really intended to get this post up days ago, or at least sometime before Sunday (today), because today is the day of the weekly Kingfield Farmers Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. at 43rd and Nicollet Ave. S., but life got hectic, and I had to go to Chicago for a conference, and so here it is, 9:20 a.m. on a Sunday morning. So I’m going to do a quick post and then jump on my bike and ride over to the market for breakfast.

The Kingfield Market is pretty small, in terms of the number of vendors and shoppers, but the gastronomic batting average is pretty high: both Rustica, the terrific artisan bakery at 46th and Bryant, and the Grand Cafe, at 38th and Grand (one of my favorite restaurants), have stalls at the market, selling bread, cookies and pastries (UPDATE: the Grand Cafe will be there twice a month); and Clancy’s Meats…

Kingfield E-Mail Notice
June 23, 2008

1) Fund established for Kingfield neighbor Joe Williams and his Daughter
2) Seeking Input & Volunteers for the KFNA Newsletter
3) Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off this Saturday June 28, 9 AM –1 PM
4) Join the Walldogs on Nicollet E-mail List!
5) Kids Fundamental Soccer at MLK Park Starts July 1, meets Tuesdays and Saturdays. Register online at www.minneapolisparks.org –Free Coaches Training too, Thursday June 26, 7-8:30 PM
6) Community Impact Statements now being accepted in the 4204 Wentworth Party Case

1) Katricia Daniels and her 10-year old son, Robert Shepard, were murdered in their 1st Avenue home just a few weeks ago. This left Katricia’s boyfriend, Joe Williams, to care for their 1-year old child alone. In order to assist Joe Williams through this difficult transition, a donation account has been established by Joe’s employer at US Bank. Donations are NOT tax deductible.

To make a monetary contribution, checks can be made out to:

Joe Williams Fund

And mailed to:

US Bank
Minneapolis Main Office
800 Nicollet Mall, 2nd Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402-7020

Donations can also be made at any US Bank in Minnesota.
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Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Saturday, June 28, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Drop-off is at the Minneapolis Park Board Office at 3800 Bryant Ave. So. in the south
employee parking lot. Please enter parking lot on Dupont Ave So (King’s Hwy).
Brought to you by Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis Parks and the following neighborhoods:


Now is the time to dispose of those old paint cans, weed killers, batteries, auto wastes,
aerosol cans, fluorescent bulbs and more that have been piling up in your garage!
• Bring proof of residency—driver’s license or current utility bill
• Bring materials upright, in containers 5 gallons or less, and in a plastic-lined cardboard box
• Materials accepted from individual households only; no business waste
• Call 612-348-3777 with any questions about disposal.

Household, Lawn & Garden Products
adhesives, aerosols, batteries, cleaners, drain cleaner, driveway sealer, fire extinguishers,
paints (limit three pails of the five gallon size), stains, paint thinners, pesticides, poisons,
photographic and hobby chemicals, pool chemicals, rechargeable appliances, thermometers, thermostats, wood preservatives, fluorescent lamps (limit 25), one pound butane and propane tanks.
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Board Members Present

Chris DeParde, Dave Saddoris, David Potosky, Karen Pieper, Tom Parent, Chris Sur, David Brauer, Mark Brandow, JobyLynn Sassily James (arrives at 7:25 p.m.), Marie Wolf

Board Members Absent

Amy Joe Gracyalny, Jeff Shaw, Robyn Bipes, Diana Schleisman

KFNA Staff Present

Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Joanna Hallstrom
Others: Jake Weyer.

Meeting Called to Order

David Brauer called the meeting to order at 7:05PM

Secretary’s Report

April 2008 minutes are accepted and passed unanimously.

David S suggests that notation be made when board members arrive late to meeting; it should be noted if a board member is “absent for vote”.

Treasurer’s Report

The IRS had formally questioned our 1998 financial reports and was asking for both a 990 tax filing and employer taxes for employees for the 3rd and 4th quarters of the year. The IRS was told we did not have nay employees during this time and had wrongly filed for an extension to file our 990 and then discovered that KFNA’s income averaged over a three-year period was under the $25,000 annual threshold to require filing.

Financial Bookkeeping Update

We are switching from Peachtree to QuickBooks software. TechSoup provides cheap software to nonprofits and the software switch will cost about $50 and allow for simpler financial reports. Sarah explains reimbursement principle and how it applies to the balance sheet of June 1-May 31 in response to the question if the board should be concerned that income was lower than expenses for the year in review.
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